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Aug 6, 2019
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. As we continue on this journey of living with breast cancer, we decided to start this site to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Cancer has changed my life. I am surviving but more importantly, thriving during a time when my life has been turned upside down in a matter of minutes. I will never forget, Aug 29, 2018, when I received the call...all I heard was “You have Cancer” - “What? That can’t be true”. I have worked hard my entire life to live a healthy lifestyle, exercise religiously, eat a well-balanced diet, and I thought I managed my stress to the best of my ability, and not to mention, no family history of cancer. I was diligent about my annual screenings and they were completely clear in 2016 and 2017... WOW! Believe me, this information is hard to swallow and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about what I could have done differently to prevent it. Well, the truth is, Cancer attacks all types of people. In fact, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and over 250K new cases diagnosed each year. The good news is with increased awareness, early detection, and better treatment options, WE can conquer this disease and thrive.
My hope is to educate and inspire people to take action NOW to live the most healthy and fulfilling life possible. Cancer is a life-transforming experience and it will continue to be a journey of growth and learning for me. My mission is to reach as many people as possible in hopes of preventing one more from being a part of the statistics mentioned above. It’s been 6 months since my diagnosis. I had a double mastectomy in September and completed 8 rounds of chemo on Jan 23rd. My treatment is in no way complete, I have Stage III Invasive Ductal Carcinoma that spread to my lymph nodes, a 7.2 cm tumor was removed and left me with a positive margin on my chest wall after surgery. Radiation is my next step and due to my complex situation, I have decided to get my radiation at MD Anderson in Houston, TX. My hospital has a partnership with MD and this is one of the top cancer centers in the country.